Online Course Offerings
With a wide range of courses, many fulfilling one or more general education requirements,
undergraduates can earn up to 8 credits and graduate students can earn up to 6 credits in just four weeks.
Wintersession 2019-20 will begin Thursday, December 19, 2019 and run through Friday, January 17, 2020. All Wintersession courses are fully online delivered in Blackboard 9.1 and accessible via the Internet. Advance registration begins Wednesday, October 16.
Please check back the first week in October for a complete listing of courses to be offered in Wintersession 2019-20.
All Wintersession courses are fully online (unless otherwise noted) delivered through Blackboard 9.1. All enrolled students can access their course(s) two weeks before the first day of classes
(beginning on Thursday, December 6, 2018
) via MyUAlbany. For additional information about online learning at UAlbany, please review Online Learning Frequently Asked Questions
or email email@example.com
. Students are encouraged to use the two weeks before the winter term begins to review the course schedule and syllabus and familiarize themselves with the system.Technical issues (if any) should be resolved prior to the Wintersession start date of Thursday, December 20, 2018
College of Arts & Sciences
A Afs 213 (Class # 1262)
History of Civil Rights Movement (3)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the historical development and maturation of the movement for civil rights in the United States. It will examine the development of resistance movements and the philosophies of those involved within the movements during the antebellum, post Civil War and contemporary times.
Instructor: Jennifer Burns
A Afs 286 (Class # 1261)
African Civilization (3)
Africa from prehistoric times to 1800 with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, the development of indigenous states and their response to Western and Eastern contacts. Only one version of A AFS 286 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: David Agum
A Afs 287 (Class # 1012)
Africa in the Modern World (3)
Africa since 1800: exploration, the end of the slave trade, the development of interior states, European partition, the colonial period, and the rise of independent Africa. Only one of A AFS 287 and A HIS 287 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Frank Essien
A Afs 311 (Class # 1263)
History of Slavery in the Western Hemisphere (3)
The institution of slavery and its effects in the Western Hemisphere, its origins, bases of continuance, and contemporary residuals. Prerequisite(s): A HIS 100 and 101.
Instructor: Oscar Williams
Anthropology & Linguistics
A Ant 104 (Class # 1179)
Introduction to the methods used by archaeologists to study ancient sites and artifacts. Topics include archaeological fieldwork, laboratory analysis, dating, interpretation of artifacts, and the reconstruction of past cultural patterns. Examples include studies of ancient and recent societies.
Instructor: Yajair Nunez-Cortes
A Ant 108 (Class # 1021)
Cultural Anthropology (3)
Anthropology is the study human cultural diversity in all of its expressions. This course will explore both cultural anthropology and diversity through lectures, readings, films, and class discussions. Students will learn fundamental anthropological concepts, theories, and assumptions, as well as the contributions anthropologists have made to the understanding of diversity, culture, ethnicity, and gender in cross-cultural perspective.
Instructor: Walter Little
A Ant 111 (Class # 1264)
Introduction to the Primates (3)
Survey of the basic morphology and behavior of nonhuman primates. Prosimian and anthropoid primates are studied in terms of their comparative morphology and behavior, with reference to these same features among humans.
Instructor: Jerred Schafer
A Ant 175 (Class # 1201)
Anthropology and Folklore (3)
Introduction to the study of folklore as an aspect of culture, symbolically expressing people's identity, beliefs and values. The focus is on oral text traditions - myths, folktales, and legends - topics in folk custom and ritual, folk music and folk art are also included. Includes folklore from Western and non-Western cultures. Only one of A ANT 175 & A REL 175 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Christa Mylin
A Ant 201 (Class # 1180)
Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Anthropology (3)
How many people believe most everything they are told, or everything that they read? How can we tell the difference between statements that are based on fact, and those based only on opinion, ideology, error, or falsehood? Why should we care in the first place? This class will help you answer these questions, and hopefully raise many more. We will cover the ways in which your own brain and senses can trick you. We will cover the common mistakes made in reasoning, "logical fallacies" that can lead even the most critical of thinkers to false conclusions. We will cover several of the most common types of false information that people encounter today, such as psychics, astrology, or complementary and alternative medicine, and will explore why these are problematic. Our focus throughout will be on identifying current, real world examples of "uncritical thinking" in popular and news media. Hopefully at the end of the course, we will all be better consumers of knowledge. Only one version of A ANT 201 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Sean Rafferty
A Ant 211 (Class # 1202)
Human Population Biology (3)
Biological variation in human populations, with emphasis on genetics, adaptability, demography and related aspects of population dynamics. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 110; or A BIO 110; or A BIO 120 recommended.
Instructor: Florence Lee
A Ant 340 (Class # 11758)
Topics in Ethnology: Ethnology of Ireland (3)
Irish culture has long held a certain fascination throughout the world, particularly among her vast diaspora. Ireland’s entrance into the global economy and the ‘Celtic craze’ in the late 20th century largely contributed to the continuing commodification of Irish culture. Over the course of the semester, we will survey the manner in which various historical and media-driven discourses, immigrant experiences, artistic mediums, international tourism, and emerging global flows have contributed to recent conceptions of “Irishness.” By tracing the development of contemporary anthropological theory and methods in Irish and diasporic studies, and paying particular attention to the intersections and disjunctures between Irish and Irish-American cultural experiences over the last two centuries, we will explore the historical construction, negotiation, and contests over what constitutes ‘Irishness’ and core questions of identity, tradition, representation, and authenticity. The instructor will be in residence in Northern Ireland during the duration of the course, offering students a unique perspective of an ongoing field research project, in addition to access to local community leaders and representatives, tourism and memory workers, artists, and academics throughout the course of the semester. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Jennifer Crowley
A Ant 364 (Class # 1203)
Introduction to Cultural Medical Anthropology (3)
Introduction to cultural approaches to medical anthropology. Cross-cultural examination of different views of health, disease, healing and the body, their effect on medical care and maintenance of health of individuals and communities. Also examines the intersection between health, sickness, and social and economic inequalities globally and in the U.S. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 108 or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Jessica Somers
A Ant 476 (Class # 1251)
A Doc 476 (Class # 1252)
Anthropology through Documentary Filmmaking (3)
Anthropology, the comparative study of human beings, is typically associated in the public eye with the following themes: 1) (so-called) exotic cultures, 2) travel to remote places and cultural immersion (participant observation), 3) a comparative, culturally-relative understanding of human differences, 4) colliding cultural worlds of today, yesterday and tomorrow (cultural contact, culture change, and their consequences), 5) critiques and improvements of ethnoscientific biases in studying the Other, and 6) directing a trained eye to the analysis of western industrialized cultures and their peers. We will explore these themes via the medium of film, under the general rubric of Visual Anthropology, focusing on such topics as historically important films, the politics of representation (in fiction or nonfiction), and the evolution of anthropology as a discipline. In tandem with these themes, we will explore regional cultures and their traditions related to warfare, gender identity, religion, family structure. Case studies featuring films about human rights, culture change, fictional anthropologists, and Native-authored films are also part of the course. This online course consists of 50% film viewing and 50% online discussion or journal assignments. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108. Only one version of A ANT476 or A DOC476 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Marilyn Masson
A Lin 200 (Class # 1168)/
A Eng 200 (Class # 1167)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore
A Arh 207 (Class # 1022)
Egyptian Archeology (3)
A survey of the remains of ancient Egypt from the earliest times to the Roman Empire. The pyramids, temples, tombs, mummies and works of art will be examined in an attempt to understand the unique character of ancient Egypt. Selections from Egyptian religious and historical texts will be read in translation. A ARH 207Z is the writing intensive versions of A ARH 207; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Barry Dale
A Arh 222 (Class # 1266)
American Art II (3)
This course covers American art and visual culture from the dawn of the Gilded Age to the end of the twentieth century. It addresses the relationship between visual images and complex issues, including but not limited to cosmopolitanism, social reform, nationalism, xenophobia, global warfare, environmentalism, civil rights, and feminism. It considers the ways in which the fine arts and popular culture reveal and/or conceal the experiences of different racial, ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups, and it explores the ways in which visual images engender and/or combat prejudices, stereotypes, and discrimination. The course examines shifting images of labor, immigrants, women, African Americans, and Native Americans, highlighting the power of the visual arts to advocate for and effect change. It emphasizes intersections between art and social, cultural, or moral challenges indicative of America's past, present, and future.
Instructor: Anna Dietz
A Chm 105 (Class # 1191)
Chemistry in Our Lives (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications in everyday life. The course will explore the impact of chemistry on modern life by looking at its role in the environment, medicine, nanotechnology and polymers. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in chemistry. Prerequisite(s): none.
Instructor: Colin Henck
A Chm 120 (Class # 1214)
General Chemistry I (3)
Atomic theory, quantitative relationships in chemical change, electronic structure of atoms and chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, and states of matter. Students are required to take the mid-term exam (8:45-11:05 am 1/6) & final exam (8:45-11:05am 1/16) in person on campus or at an approved testing center. All other coursework will be done fully online. Contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Wintersession (email@example.com or 518-442-5140) for details.
Instructor: Li Niu
A Com 100 (Class # 1137 or # 1138)
Human Communication: Language and Social Action (3)
Introduction to human communication in terms of an examination of the communication needs, processes, and results that typically occur in different social settings.
Class # 1137 - Instructor: William Husson
Class # 1138 - Instructor: Jamie Votraw
A Com 265X (Class # 1143)
Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
Approaches to the study of human communication. Consideration of major research findings, methods and conceptualizations in such areas as persuasion, interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and mass communication. A COM 265 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany.
Instructor: Michael Barberich
A Com 360 (Class # 1267)
Digital & Social Media in Strategic Communication (3)
The course addresses such topics as search engine optimization, social media publishing, audience research, online press releases, email marketing, Web analytics, online advertising, and video production. Students will write blog posts, create videos, and manage social media. Non-profit organizational context is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X.
Instructor: Masahiro Yamamoto
A Com 369 (Class # 1005)
Theories of Organizational Communication (3)
Theoretical models and empirical studies of communication within complex organizations. In-depth case study of one or more organizations. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Alan Belasen
A Com 378 (Class # 1182)
Studies in Public Persuasion: Leadership Communication (3)
Leadership Communication is an advanced Communication course aimed at providing student with in-depth knowledge on the various leadership theories and insight into effective leadership practices. A critical examination of leadership theories and research will be undertaken. Areas of leadership covered include: (1) Management versus leadership; (2) Trait theories of leadership; (3) Behavior theories of leadership; (3) Participative leadership and delegation; (4) Dyadic theories and followership; (5) Power and influence; (6) Contingency theories of leadership; (7) “Modern” theories of leadership (Charismatic, Transformational, & Transactional); (8) Leading teams, meetings and change; (9) Developing leadership skills; and (10) Ethical Leadership. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Snack
A Com 386 (Class # 1268)
Persuasion & Film (3)
This course will examine cinema as a vehicle of persuasion. Cinematic themes will be analyzed for their manifest and latent advocacy of various positions and points of view. A variety of films will be critically evaluated, including those that raise issues about race, gender, power, and politics. Contemporary thinking about persuasive message design will be drawn upon to investigate the cinematic presentation of these and other issues. Only one version may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X.
Instructor: William Husson
East Asian Studies
A Eas 140 (Class # 1305)
Introduction to East Asian Cinema: Buddhism and Film (3)
This course offers an introduction to East Asian cinema, with emphasis on movies produced in China and Japan. Lectures and class discussions will focus on the interpretation of cinematic texts, especially as they relate to cultural dynamics and social change.
Instructor: Aaron Proffitt
A Eco 110 (Class # 1019)
Principles Economics I: Microeconomics (3)
Analysis of supply and demand in markets for goods and markets for the factors of production. Study of various market structures, price determination in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A ECO 300. Prerequisite(s): plane geometry and intermediate algebra or A MAT 100.
Instructor: Papa Gueye
A Eco 330 (Class # 1142 or # 1145 or # 1165)
Economics of Development (3)
Introduction to the analysis of economic growth and development. Historical, descriptive, and analytical approaches to the problems of fostering economic growth. Consideration of alternative theories of the causes and problems of underdevelopment. A ECO 330Z is the writing intensive version of A ECO 330; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Sandwip Das
A Eco 370 (Class # 1270)
Economics of Labor (3)
Study of wage theories and wage structures; wage-cost-price interaction; and wage, supply, and employment relationships. Only one version of A ECO 370 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Papa Gueye
A Eng 200 (Class # 1177)/
A Lin 200 (Class # 1178)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore
A Eng 358 (Class # 1183)
Studies in Poetry: Modernist American Poetry 1900-1950 (3)
This course will introduce students to selected themes and forms in Modern American poetry, and explore intersections and parallels with innovations and controversies in American art, music and media. Students will read a substantive collection of selected poems from important American poets and movements. In order to develop a broad awareness of the contexts of American poetry and poetics in the first half of the 20th Century, students will also read and view different types of related resource media, and explore and discuss key issues and controversies of the period. Focusing on issues of poetics, politics, society and media, online discussions will ask students to express their deepening awareness in increasingly complex and sophisticated interpretations, responses and analysis. Finally, by reading and reviewing selected critical essays, students will engage the contemporary critical conversation in Modern American Poetry studies. The course is divided into five chapters – a short review of basic poetic concepts, a short chapter on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and three thematic chapters. Each chapter introduces readings, including poetry, selected critical essays, web resources and links. Graded chapter assignments offer students alternatives and options, and include a reflective journal, online discussions and participation, and several short critical reviews. May be repeated once for credit when content varies.
Instructor: Jill Hanifan
A Gog 102 (Class # 1271)
Introduction to Human Geography (3)
Introduction to key elements of human geography as a social science, (including population, cultural, economic, and political geography), focusing on the disciplinary themes of place, space and landscape. These themes are applied at a variety of scales, from local to the regional to the global, with particular emphasis with geographical concerns with cross-cultural comparisons among regions and with the relationships of local and regional phenomena to global processes. Only one version of A GOG 102 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Neusa McWilliams
A His 100 (Class # 1002)
American Political and Social History I (3)
Survey of American history from the colonial era through the Civil War, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. All books and readings for class are available at no cost on-line.
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak
A His 101 (Class # 1131)
American Political and Social History II (3)
Survey of American history from the Civil War to the present, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. A HIS 101Z is the writing intensive version of A HIS 101; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Britt Haas
A His 130 (Class # 1148)
History of European Civilization I (3)
Survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from its origins to the 18th century. A HIS 130Z is the writing intensive version of A HIS 130; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Joseph Creamer
A His 259 (Class # 1170)
History of Women and Social Change (3)
With an emphasis on the diversity of U.S. women, this course examines the social, historical, and economic forces that have shaped U.S. women's lives from about 1800-1970 and the contexts within which women have participated in and sometimes led social and political movements.
Instructor: Sarah Pacelli
A His 263 (Class # 1006)
Art, Music and History I (3)
"Art, Music, and History I" is a survey of European culture from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, which examines the many historical contexts that underlie art and music. Students do not need any background in the arts, as this is a course we will build from the ground up by first exploring the questions: What is art? Is it necessary? Where does it come from? Why is it important? And "What does it mean?" Our world is filled with art and music, and it did not get that way by accident. Broadly speaking, this is a course about cultural history, or how people live their lives in society--what they think, what they value, and what they do. If you can understand these basic ideas within your own life, then you will be able to understand them in history and vice versa. Although our focus here is on the arts, it is important to emphasize that we will study them within the political, social, economic and technological backgrounds from which they sprang and which they also influenced. Hopefully, you will see art, music, history and the world around you in ways you never thought possible.
Instructor: Anthony Anadio
A His 290 (Class # 1301)
Topics in American History: The History of the Cold War through Film (3)
This on-line course will use films as a primary source to explore such major Cold War issues as nuclear proliferation, cultural and scientific competition, the fate of Germany in the Cold War, and the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba. The selections will include both feature films and television programs produced from the late 1940s to the beginning of the 2000s to gauge the Cold War’s development and lasting impact. To gain a larger perspective on these topics, this course will include films from such countries as the United States, Soviet Union, Germany, Japan, and Cuba.
Instructor: Bryan Herman
A His 300 (Class # 1192)
The History of American Indians and the United States (3)
A detailed survey of the history of the North American Indians, particularly those now within the territory of the United States, as communities and nations, from the period of first contact to the present. Only one of A His 300 & A His 300Z may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A His 100 or A His 100Z.
Instructor: Kwinn Doran
A His 318 (Class # 1272)
City Life in the United States to 1880 (3)
Chronological and topical survey of city life in the United States, with emphasis on the causes and consequences of urban growth, the similarities and differences among various cities, and the attempts to fulfill the needs of an urban environment. This course examines the urban scene from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history.
Instructor: Laura Wittern-Keller
A His 346 (Class # 1132)
History of England I (3)
The historical development of English society and government from early times to the 17th century. A His 346Z is the writing intensive version of A His 346; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history.
Instructor: Patrick Nold
A His 390 (Class # 1273)
Advanced Topics in American History: That "70s" Class - America 1968-1984
This History topics course explores the United States during the long 1970s, approximately 1968 to 1984. We will examine the key political, social and cultural transformations that shaped the United States in the Seventies through first-hand and secondary interpretive accounts, as well as through film and music. A few major topics provide the overarching framework for the course. These include the decline of liberalism and the rise of conservatism; the end of the postwar affluent economy; the oil crisis; the decline of American dominance on the world stage; and the ongoing rights revolutions. Through these frameworks we will assess whether the pejorative labels often assigned to the Seventies--the "forgotten decade" when "nothing happened"; an era of bad hair, bad clothes, and bad music, when Americans were "running out of gas" and lost faith in their elected leaders and their government—are accurate or in need of reassessment. The Seventies became a time of reckoning and recognizing new limits in the United States, in both the literal and figurative sense; domestically and in international affairs. However, the "zero-sum" society, the "culture of narcissism," or the "me decade," as it has been alternately labeled, also gave rise to the more transformative features of our time, developments that laid the framework for and shaped contemporary United States society and culture. The rights revolution fostered an increasingly inclusive, yet diverse society. Music and cinema underwent a remarkable renaissance. Personal liberation fostered self-improvement, while relaxed sexual and social mores transformed society in many positive and liberating ways for men and women. Finally, the many subcultures of the Seventies, including skate, punk, rap, and pc tech shaped what are now multi-million and billion dollar industries. Ultimately, there is more to the 1970s than meets the eye, as you will discover over the course of the session. This is a “topics in American history” 300-level course, designed to meet the requirements for the AHIS390 credit. The course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in history; or junior or senior class standing; or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Jennifer Armiger
A Jrl 100 (Class # 1184)
Foundations of Journalism (3)
Introduction to contemporary journalism as a major institution in American democracy. This course will help students become more informed about media and introduce them to the major issues in journalism. Topics range from media history and the economic structure of the industry to broad questions about the impact of media on individuals and society in a fast-changing technological society. Also addressed will be ethical and legal issues related to media practices in news media. A student must make a grade of C or better in this course in order to take AJRL 200Z.
Instructor: Shirley Perlman
A Jrl 475Z (Class # 1269)
Topics in Journalism: Social Media Journalism (3)
Social media are altering how journalists do their jobs and how people consume news today. This course integrates basic journalism skills and concepts and adapts them to social media. Students utilize social media platforms to identify compelling story ideas, effectively break news, and report on important news events and issues. Students gain hands-on experience by experimenting with social media and mobile devices for news gathering, distribution, and audience engagement. Students produce a portfolio of multimedia stories and build their own professional journalistic brand. Students will also learn how to use analytics tools to monitor and analyze the effectiveness of social media activity.
Instructor: Chang Sup Park
Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies
A Lcs 150 (Class # 1023)
Puerto Rico: People, History, and Culture (3)
Survey of Puerto Rican culture on the island from the prehispanic era to the 20th century. Special emphasis will be placed on the change of sovereignty in 1898, the national question, class and culture, and migration. A ANT 146Z and A LCS150Z are writing intensive versions of A ANT 146 and A LCS 150; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Arinka Abad
A Lcs 231 (Class # 1274)
Special Topics in Latino Studies: Latinos in NYC Hip Hop (3)
The specific topic will be selected by the instructor and will vary from semester to semester as indicated by course subtitle. May be repeated for up to six credits under different subtitles.
Instructor: Benoit Vallee
A Lcs 250 (Class # 1204)
Geography of Latin America (3)
An introduction to the geographical diversity of Latin America, reviewing the Continent's physical features, natural resources, societies, economies and politics, and relating them to its history and cultural traditions. Particular attention will be given to rural and urban living conditions, social and regional inequalities, population distribution, internal and international migration, and socioeconomic development issues. A Lcs 250Z & A Gog 250Z are writing intensive versions of A Lcs 250 & A Gog 250; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Ildefonso Apelanz
A Lcs 269 (Class # 1149)
Caribbean: Peoples, History, and Culture (3)
This course introduces students to significant aspects of Anglophone Caribbean culture and history in the context of this region of the globe, the wider Caribbean, functioning as the crossroads of the world. Colonial conquest forced and forged the intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa in the Caribbean so that while it is not large in terms of geographical area or total population, it resonates with global significance as a crucible of cultural hybridity and as a nurturing space of modernity. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Karen Ferrer-Muniz
A Lcs 315 (Class # 1255)
Film in Contemporary Latin America (3)
Study of culture and society in Latin America as revealed through film. Emphasis on the use of film, especially in the "new cinema" movements, as an instrument for social and political change. History and current trends of cinema in selected countries. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Cassandra Andrusz
A Lcs 329 (Class # 1275)
Special Topics in Puerto Rican Studies: Puerto Rico & the Dominican Republic (3)
The main objective of the course is to explore, discuss and examine the ongoing relationship of two Caribbean nations: Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. This relationship can be found in historical, social, cultural, and geographical platforms by intertwining both nations and reinforcing their identities through common struggle, antagonization , and unity, then and now. The course will start reviewing the origins of both countries as Taino Arawak territories and how moving into the colonial regime brought them a sense of togetherness and belonging. Cultural bonds such as language, colonial abandonment, and migration created a new identity: the Caribeño. Figures like Eugenio María de Hostos will enlighten students with his education philosophy and support of the Antilles Confederation. Later, as these nations perform sovereignty and suffer US intervention, their individual histories will be briefly analyzed and discussed. Consequences of this separation include racism, immigration, and identity displacement; all which will be debated. Ultimately, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans survive in the US as another labeled for Latinos and function together, sharing social inequality and marginalization. This class will highlight these facts as a reconciling factor between these communities, and how it’s relevant today.
Instructor: Carmen Nieves
Mathematics & Statistics
A Mat 106 (Class # 1150 or # 1151)
Survey of Calculus (3)
An intuitive approach to differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, intended only for students who plan to take no more calculus. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in mathematics. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A MAT 111, 112 or 118. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb
A Mat 108 (Class # 1133 or #1152)
Elementary Statistics (3)
Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, estimation, testing of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. Not open for credit by students who have taken A MAT 308.
Instructor: Karin Reinhold
A Mat 220 (Class # 1015)
Linear Algebra (3)
Linear equations, matrices, determinants, finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations Euclidean spaces. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 113.
Instructor: Kehe Zhu
A Mat 311 (Class # 1024)
Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
Linear differential equations, systems of differential equations, series solutions, boundary value problems, existence theorems, applications to the sciences. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 214.
Instructor: Rongwei Yang
A Mat 583 (Class # 1277)
Topological Data Analysis I (3)
Basic techniques and concepts of topology that are used in data analysis. This is the first of a two semester sequence in Topological Data Analysis. This subject requires knowledge of rather advanced topics in topology. This course navigates to the point where the student is ready to see the applications in data science, through a careful selection of the sequence of topics: graph theory, high-dimensional simplicial complexes, nerves of coverings, some basic general topology and homotopy theory, computational linear algebra, simplicial homology and cohomology. Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra as in AMAT 220 or equivalent.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb
A Mat 584 (Class # 1278)
Topological Data Analysis II (3)
An introduction to the two main areas of Topological Data Analysis, the persistent homology and the Mapper algorithm. This is the second of a two semester sequence in Topological Data Analysis. In this course, the students will learn to apply homology computations to filtered metric spaces producing the main topological signature of a data set called persistent homology. In the second half of the course, the Mapper will be used as an illustration of topology based dimension reduction techniques which produce a one-dimensional summary, a graph, of the multi-dimensional data set. Case studies with real world applications are included to illustrate the theory. Prerequisites: AMAT 583 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb
A Mat 587 (Class # 1281)
Topics in Modern Mathematics: Linear Algebra for Applications (3)
Selected topics in mathematics. The topic of the course will be indicated in the course schedule and in departmental announcements. The course may be repeated for credit when the topic differs. Prerequisite: Graduate status.
Instructor: Michael Stessin
A Mat 590 (Class # 1279)
Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
This course covers function analytic aspects necessary for applications in various areas of science and engineering, notably in Data Science. Among main topics of the course are: elementary theory of Lebesgue measure and integration, spaces of Lebesgue integrable functions, Banach spaces and Hanh-Banach theorem, duality in Banach spaces, Hilbert spaces, reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, non-linear analysis in Banach spaces. Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra, e.g., AMAT 220; calculus of several variables, e.g., AMAT 214.
Instructor: Michael Stessin
A Mat 591 (Class # 1280)
Modern methods in convex optimization and nonlinear programming. Newton's method, gradient descent, linear programming, quadratic optimization, semidefinite programming and related topics. Prerequisites: AMAT590
Instructor: Yiming Ying
A Mus 100 (Class # 1025)
Introduction to Music (3)
Understanding the art of music through directed listening emphasizing the many uses of musical material. Uses numerous illustrations accenting the criteria which determine quality.
Instructor: Ellen Burns
A Mus 214 (Class # 1276)
American Music (3)
This course explores the history of music in the United States through the prism of the nation's most persistent cultural issue, race relations. From the earliest transatlantic contacts to the present day, the act of music-making is viewed as a complex response to both the inherited traditions of Europe and Africa and a changing environment. Topics include spirituals, gospel, and Protestantism; minstrelsy and the entertainment industry; nationalism and the symphony; experimental music of the 20th century; and vernacular genres such as folksong and the blues. Only one of A MUS 214, T MUS 214 or A MUS 334 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Ellen Burns
A Mus 226 (Class # 1010 or # 1011 or # 1171)
Hip Hop Music and Culture (3)
This course examines the evolution of Hip Hop music and culture (Graffiti art, B-Boying [break-dancing], DJ-ing, and MC-ing) from its birth in 1970's New York to its global and commercial explosion in the late 1990's. Students learn to think critically about both Hip Hop culture, and about the historical and political contexts in which Hip Hop culture took, and continues to take, shape. Particular attention is paid to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and good, old-fashioned funkiness.
Instructor: Nicholas Conway
A Phi 112 (Class # 1153)
Critical Thinking (3)
This is a course in informal logic. It centers on the meaning of claims, and whether a claim, should be accepted or rejected, or whether suspension of judgment is appropriate. This course is intended to help students think clearly and effectively.
Instructor: Marcus Adams
A Phi 214 (Class # 1185)
World Religions (3)
Survey of the major religions of the world, concentrating on those practices and beliefs that contribute to their value systems. Religions include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Taoism. Only one of A REL 214 & A PHI 214 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Scott Wolcott
A Phy 103 (Class # 1007)
Exploration of Space (3)
The solar system, modern developments in planetary and space science; human exploration of space; space travel and future colonization.
Instructor: Eric Woods
A Phy 140 (Class # 1144)
Physics I: Mechanics (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of physics: Classical Mechanics. Topics include the concepts of force, energy and work applied to the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies and an introduction to special relativity. Students are required to take the final exam (1:00-4:00 pm 1/17) in person on campus or at an approved testing center. All other coursework will be done fully online. Contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Wintersession (email@example.com or 518-442-5140) for details. Pre/corequisite: A MAT 111 or 112 or 118.
Instructor: Susan DiFranzo
A Psy 270 (Class # 1219)
Social Psychology (3)
This course will explore the relationship between the individual and the group, as well as the influence of culture, leadership, and institutions on human personality. Further topics will include understanding the self, attraction in interpersonal relationships, development of social attitudes, and the psychology of mass movements and of social decisions. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101.
Instructor: Tina Donaldson
A Psy 338 (Class # 1282)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Survey of the behavior disorders, including the psychoses, psychoneuroses, mental deficiencies, and other forms of psychopathology. Only one version of A PSY 338 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, and 203 or 327.
Instructor: Carly Schwartzman
A Psy 381 (Class # 1221)
Memory and Cognition (3)
Examination of both basic and complex information processing skills of humans. Topics include sensory memory, selective attention, pattern recognition, coding processes, short-term and long-term memory performance, theories of recognition and recall, and theories of semantic memory. Only one version of A PSY 381 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, A PSY 210 and A PSY 211. Reserved for APSY & TPSY Majors. Non-majors and visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: Abigail Kleinsmith
A Soc 115 (Class # 1003)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Nature of culture and of human society, personality development, groups and group structure, social institutions, the processes of social change.
Instructor: Kaitlin Long
A Soc 180 (Class # 1139)
Social Problems (3)
Applies the concepts, methods, and ethics of sociology to the analysis of "social problems." A SOC 180Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 180; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Angie Chung
A Soc 235 (Class # 1013)
Sociological Theory (3)
Overview of major schools of theory influencing current sociological inquiry. Discussion of selected works of classical and contemporary theorists. The influence of values on theorizing and the issue of value neutrality. An evaluation of the role of theory in the growth of the discipline.
Instructor: Elizabeth Harwood
A Soc 250 (Class # 1016)
Sociology of Families (3)
The family as a social institution; types of family organization; the family as a socializing agency and its interrelations with other institutions; the impact of social change on the American family with particular reference to the transition from a rural-agricultural to a predominantly urban-industrial society. Only one version of A SOC 250 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Danielle George
A Soc 262 (Class # 1205)
Sociology of Gender (3)
This course examines how gender is socially constructed in contemporary U.S. society. The course examines how gender orders our everyday lives-our sense of self, our friendships, romances, conversations, clothing, body image, entertainment, work, sexuality, and parenthood. Students will learn how conceptions about gender create and enforce a system of gender difference and inequality. This course will examine the lives, experiences and representations of heterosexual and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) persons. The course will reveal the common sense world of gender that surrounds us by exposing the workings of institutions such as the family, the classroom, the workplace, and the media. Throughout the course we will emphasize the ways in which people experience gender opportunities and constraints differently according to their race, gender, class and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z; or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Kolbe Franklin
A Soc 282 (Class # 1283)
Race & Ethnicity (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Specifically, the course emphasizes understanding the social, demographic, economic, political, and historical forces that have resulted in the unique experiences of different groups of Americans. Further, the student will be provided with the opportunity to analyze and discuss the impact of public policy on issues that pertain to various racial and ethnic groups. Only one version of A SOC 282 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Mairead Carr
A Soc 299 (Class # 1285)
Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Sports
The Sociology of Sports explores the role of sports as a social institution and the behavior of, and social relationships between, participants in athletics. Concurrently, the course focuses on the consumption of sports by spectators and casual fans.
Instructor: Philip Lewis
A Soc 359 (Class # 1135)
Medical Sociology (3)
Comprehensive introduction to sociological factors in disease etiology and illness behavior and to the sociology of the organization of medical practice and the health professions. A SOC 359Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 359 and A SOC 359W is the writing intensive and oral discourse version of A SOC 359; only one of A SOC 359, A SOC 359Z, and A SOC 359W may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z.
Instructor: Kaya Hamer-Small
A Soc 384 (Class # 1026)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of Aging (3)
A broad introduction to aging as a social phenomenon and its implications for both individuals and societies. Specific topics include: historical, cross-cultural, and racial/ethnic differences in the social meanings and consequences of aging, conceptual issues and empirical patterns related to work and retirement, family, residential location, and death and dying; and program and policy issues associated with aging, including retirement and health care policy. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115Z.
Instructor: Haoyue Li
A Soc 389 (Class # 1187)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Media & Civil Society (3)
Examination of a specialized topic in the area of sociology of culture. Topic varies each semester, but might include sociology of the arts, literature, leisure, religion, or in areas such as Eastern European, Chinese, or Latin American culture. Maybe be repeated for up to 6 credits if content varies. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115
Instructor: Abby Stivers
A Soc 389 (Class # 1242)
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture: Sociology of Education (3)
This course offers a broad overview of the theoretical perspectives that help us understand schools as social institutions. We will examine how schools act as agents of both stratification and opportunity. We will also learn about and critique trends and debates occurring in contemporary education policy-- from the fight for universal preschool to state variations in college affordability. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Rachel Sullivan
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
C Ehc 210 (Class # 1188)
Critical Inquiry and Communication in EP, HC & C (3)
This course is designed as an introduction to argumentation and analysis. Students will learn to evaluate arguments, build arguments, evaluate evidence, generate evidence, and present conclusions within the context of public policy and administration. Students will be introduced to a wide range of methods of inquiry (e.g., qualitative case studies, large-N statistical analysis, and survey research) and will explore the strengths and weaknesses of individual approaches. Students will also will explore ethical considerations in policy analysis and research. Finally, students will have multiple opportunities to communicate arguments in both written and oral forms.
Instructor: Peter Reinisch
C Ehc 242 (Class # 1189)
The purpose of this class is to acquaint students with the policy issues associated with cybersecurity, this includes issues like cyber-attacks, network security, incident response, cyber crime, cyber espionage, and cyber conflict. Students will look at how government agencies and private sector entities assess and respond to the changing cybersecurity landscape -- how they assess the risks they face, how they manage those risks through security procedures and practices, and how they mitigate the impact of attacks that do happen on their systems. Prerequisites(s): C EHC/R PAD 101.
Instructor: Dawit Demissie
C Ehc 310 (Class # 1286)
Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (3)
In many undergraduate classes, students are consumers of research created by others. Students read historical case studies of disasters, examine regression results of probing the relationship between democracy and terrorism, peruse interviews with government officials from homeland security agencies and scrutinize surveys of public opinion of privacy and security. What is often unclear is the research process lurking behind these final results. The mission of this course is to shed light on the research process in the areas of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity. Over the course of the semester, students will conduct literature reviews, develop hypotheses, construct research designs, collect data, test hypotheses, and communicate findings. Students will start by creating a literature review on a topic of the student's interest, identifying a falsifiable research question of interest to them in an area related to his or her concentration and subsequently investigating the question using the procedures and methods of social science. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/R PAD 101 and C EHC 210.
Instructor: Marcie Fraser
C Ehc 343 (Class # 1170)
Homeland Security (3)
This undergraduate survey course introduces students to the US government response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, specifically, the second largest reorganization of the executive branch that produced the US Department of Homeland Security. Topics examined include border and transportation security, customs, immigration policy and enforcement; preparedness and capabilities building, response and resilience; critical infrastructure protection; threat and vulnerability assessment and risk management; cyber security; counter-terrorism. Although the course is primarily focused on US federal government activities, it will also examine state and local dimensions of homeland security as well as US government interactions with other countries in the homeland security domain. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
Instructor: Andrew Vitek
C Ehc 344 (Class # 1174)
Emergency Preparedness (3)
This course provides a study of applicable policies, protocols, and laws that impact the practice of emergency preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The study includes a brief review of the history of emergency management setting the stage for an examination of "best practices" and philosophies. These drive the nation's preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts of various levels of emergencies and disasters which in turn helps facilitate a community's resilience in the face of disasters. The methodology used in this course includes classroom discussions and activities, studies of applicable case studies, and individual exploration resulting in a well crated paper. Where applicable, simulation activities provide opportunities for the student to "experience" realistic situations similar to real-world emergencies and disaster operations. Only one version may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R PAD/C EHC 101 recommended.
Instructor: Amber Silver
C Ehc 345 (Class # 1206)
Leadership and Ethics Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security Cybersecurity (3)
This course provides a foundation for applying philosophical and ethical understanding to homeland security professions by drawing on both theoretical and practical approaches. It includes an overview of philosophical theories of ethics and political philosophy relevant to security practices and policies, as well as opportunities to develop critical thinking and communication skills in their application to particular cases related to homeland security through analysis and discussion. Historical and contemporary material will be examined to investigate issues such as the right to privacy, the nature and value of freedom, the justification of state security, and rights and responsibilities of public officials and health professionals. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/ R PAD 101 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Terry Hastings
C Inf 100X (Class # 1287)
Information in the 21st Century (3)
Introduction to information and technology in the 21st Century. Different resources, including the Internet, libraries, news sources and other sources of information, hardware, and Web 2.0 technologies will be explored. The primary emphasis of the class is on discovering reliable information sources for any and all subjects so that a student's future research and other pursuits are supported by the methods developed in this course. Each student is called upon to fortify their own individual communication and reasoning skills and will demonstrate the use of those skills through course assignments, class presentations and group activities.
Instructor: Nimrod Dvir
C Inf 202 (Class # 1198)
Introduction to Date & Databases (3)
This course introduces students to data and databases. It covers both long-standing relational (SQL) databases and newly emerging non-relational (NoSQL) data stores. The nature of data, Big Data, intellectual property, system lifecycle, and development collaboration are also explored. Team-based activities alternate with hands-on exercises. Prerequisite(s): I INF/C INF 108, I CSI 101, 105, 110 or I CSI/I CEN/ I ECE 201 or B ITM 215; not open to students who are taking or have completed I CSI 410 or 411 or B ITM 331.
Instructor: Jenson Jacob
C Inf 301 (Class # 1199)
Emerging Trends in Information and Technology (3)
This course is designed to address challenges of the 21st century from the information science framework. We will explore emerging technologies and discuss how they alter and create new information environments. Examples of these technologies include Big Data, 3D Printing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, etc. Attention will be paid to real world uses of these technologies, emphasizing how they are changing business, government, education, and a number of other industries. This course also focuses on career paths for digital citizens in the 21st century. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100X or I IST 100X.
Instructor: Jeff Yates
C Inf 302 (Class # 1288)
Human-Computer Interactive Design (3)
This course examines human factors, Human-Computer Interaction aspects of application domains, human-centered evaluation, developing effective interfaces, accessibility, emerging technologies, and human-centered computing. Students learn several techniques for rapid prototyping and evaluating multiple interface alternatives and principles of visual design. Information visualization, user-interface software architecture, and formal methods in HCI will be explored. Prerequisite(s): C INF 301.
Instructor: Jacques Bastien
C Inf 305 ( Class # 1289)
Digital Project Management (3)
This course provides an introduction to current practices in project management with a focus on the management of digital projects. It is intended to provide a broad overview of the concepts, issues, tools and techniques related to the management of digital projects from concept to completion. Topics covered include project manager role/responsibilities, project team structure, project documentation, project phases/SDLC, project management methodologies, troubled projects, digital analytics and more. Prerequisite(s): C INF 201 and C INF 202.
Instructor: Ramana Allena
C Inf 306 (Class # 1290)
Information Security & Assurance (3)
Technical aspects of cybersecurity in computer and network systems. The nature of attacks and defense in digital systems; models of vulnerabilities, threats, and security; cryptography; forensics; security policies and procedures; software and network security. Prerequisite(s): C INF 124X or C INF 203 or C EHC 242.
Instructor: Ian MacDonald
School of Education
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
E Epl 300 (Class # 1190)
Social Foundations of Education (3)
Inquiry into educational policies, purposes, and ideas based upon the resources and insights of the humanities and the social sciences. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Gina Giuliano
E Epl 758 (Class # 1303)
Global Alumni Relations (1)
Focuses on strategies to capitalize a major global asset of many institutions: its international and transnational alumni. The course has four major objectives: 1) Assessing readiness to invest in global alumni relations and how to communicate the value proposition, 2) how to move global alumni initiatives from outside of alumni affairs, 3) how to develop internal alignment and support for investing in global alumni relations, and 4) developing a strategic plan.
Instructor: Gretchen Dobson
E Epl 758 (Class # 1302)
Lean Processes Robust Operations: Optimizing International Capabilities (1)
Explores how educational institutions can utilize a systematic management methodology developed in Japan to minimize waste within an administrative system, while enhancing productivity. Specifically, this course will enable students to learn and apply core concepts related to Lean Process Improvement (LPI) and systems thinking to maximize international program capabilities on their campus.
Instructor: David DiMaria
E Psy 200 (Class # 1155)
Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling (3)
Critical analysis of the psychological process of schooling. Interpretive survey of the literature and research in learning, motivation, development, and intelligence and their impact on American education and society. Only one of E PSY 200 and T EPS 200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Deborah Chapin
E Psy 224 (Class # 1208)
Lifespan Development (3)
Theory and research relating to the typical intellectual, social and emotional development over the lifespan, including the adult years.
Instructor: Catherine Basila
E Spe 460 (Class # 1008)/
E Spe 560 (Class # 1018)
Introduction to Human Exceptionality (3)
Characteristics of individuals whose cognitive, physical, or emotional development differs from typical individuals. Special education history and laws are discussed, as is the process leading to the development of individualized education plans and special education services. Selected strategies for students with special needs are also presented. Not open to those students who previously completed E PSY 460.
Instructor: Matt LaFave
E Spe 562 (Class # 1028)
Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings (3)
Characteristics of students with disabilities and gifted students. Examines legislative mandates and the process of developing and implementing differentiated and special education services for students at the middle childhood or adolescence levels. Use of research-based approaches and methods, including co-teaching and collaboration for integrating students with disabilities is emphasized.
Instructor: Sean O'Connell
E Spe 655 (Class # 1215)
Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
This course examines theoretical positions, assessment techniques, and planning and teaching procedures relevant to preparing students with disabilities to meet the Common Core and NYS Learning Standards in written expression across the content areas. Emphasis is placed on research-based and promising instructional techniques and practices for students who have not learned through traditional writing approaches. Prerequisites: Admission to one of the Master's degree programs in special education or Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: Bruce Saddler
School of Criminal Justice
R Crj 202 (Class # 1014)
Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice (4)
Students will study judicial decisions involving constitutional and other legal issues relevant to criminal justice, including the government’s power to define conduct as criminal, procedural rights, defenses, the rights of juveniles, and punishment. In addition to class meetings, students will enroll in a discussion section where they will engage in legal writing and moot court exercises.
Instructor: JoAnne Malatesta
R Crj 203 (Class # 1140)
Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Only one of A SOC 203; A SOC 381; R CRJ 200 or R CRJ 203 can be taken for credit. Prequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z
Instructor: Shaina Herma
R Crj 282 (Class # 1292)
Introduction to Research Design in Criminal Justice (3)
The practical aspect of doing theoretically informed criminological research. The course should provide students with 1) the methods of research available to criminologists, 2) the connection between theory and data, and 3) how to make criminological sense out of a body of data. It will cover a variety of design issues, methodological issues and analytic techniques. The techniques provide a springboard for the discussion of important methodological issues: the relationship between theory and data, the logic of inference, causality, data collection, model specification, standardized versus unstandardized data and many others. Prerequisite(s): R CRJ 281.
Instructor: William Zakrzewski, Jr.
R Crj 353 (Class # 1210)
American Criminal Courts (3)
Examines the organization and operations of state and local criminal court systems from the perspective of social science research and public policy analysis. Major issues include: the role of courts in American society; bail and pre-trial procedures; the roles and decisions of prosecutors, judges and the defense bar; selection and operation of grand juries and trial juries; sentencing of criminal defendants; and others. The operations of juvenile and adult courts are compared, and efforts directed toward court reform are assessed. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Andrea Kordzek
R Crj 399 (Class # 1211)
Seminar in Criminal Justice: Dehumanization: US v Them Dilemma (3)
In this course we will study how dehumanization manifests itself in our everyday lives. This course will first review the building blocks of dehumanization, such as moral disengagement and Essentialism. From there, we will examine how dehumanization spans the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Evolution and more. Each week we will examine a group deemed as an "other" by society and investigate why we constantly participate in this "them-ification," and the potential ramifications such as hate crimes, modern-day slavery and genocide. May be repeated for up to 12 credits when content varies.
Instructor: Katherine Wahrer
R Crj 405 (Class # 1250)
Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice (3)
This course examines the extent of illicit drug use and drug dealing in the United States; the impact of illicit drugs on individuals, communities, and the criminal justice system; correlates of and influences on illicit drug use; and the connections between illicit drug use and other forms of criminal behavior. Efforts to reduce the supply of and demand for illicit drugs, including street-level law enforcement, military intervention, education, treatment, and drug testing are reviewed. Legal issues in drug policy, including the drug legalization debate, are considered. Prerequisite(s): R CRJ 201 or 203; or permission of instructor, or junior or senior standing.
Instructor: S. Matthew Pate
R Crj 413 (Class # 1141)
Victims Of Crime (3)
Examination of the multifaceted problem of crime victimization. Focuses on the incidence of criminal victimization, social characteristics of crime victims, the treatment of the victim in the criminal justice system, and efforts designed to alleviate the consequences of criminal victimization and provide support to victims. Prerequisite(s): R CRJ 200.
Instructor: Megan Kennedy
School of Public Health
Health Policy and Management
H Hpm 669 (Class # 1212)
Management of Health Educational and Promotional Programs (3)
Seminar format to study selected health policy issues. Possible topics include assessing the regulation of the medical care industry in New York; public policy for trauma prevention and care; learning about quality of care implications for public policy; improving the health of people in poverty; setting priorities in environmental and occupational health, theory and practice of health systems planning, nutrition programs and policy, international health, topics in women's health. Prerequisite: HHPM500 or consent of instructor. E-mail department to request permission to enroll.
Instructor: Dawn Bleyenburg
H Sph 685 (Class # 1291)
MPH Capstone Seminer (1)
As the capstone in the MPH degree, this course encourages students to reflect on competencies they have acquired during the academic and hands-on phases of the degree program. Using an evidence-based public health framework, it helps them to integrate their knowledge and apply it to new public health issues. Prerequisite: Completion of 6 or more credits of MPH internship (concurrent, with permission). Restricted to graduating MPH students.
Instructor: Edmond Altone
R Pad 140 (Class # 1244)/
R Pos 140 (Class # 1243)
Introduction to Public Policy (3)
Introduction to theories of how democracies make public policy. Describes the roles of government institutions, the media, and interest groups in the policy process. Reviews current theories of how problems are identified and how policies are formulated, enacted, and implemented to address public problems. Only one of R PUB 140 and R POS 140 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Amani Edwards
R Pad 302 (Class # 1293)
Understanding Public Organizations (3)
The major objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore basic ideas about how people work in large (work) organizations, and the processes and structures that operate day to day in such organizations. The course examines how people act and interact within organizations and attempt to change those organizations, and how organizations react to the individuals who comprise the organization. The course uses multiple perspectives or frames as a way of understanding of individual and organizational behavior in work organizations. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Minsung Kang
R Pos 101 (Class # 1027)
American Politics (3)
Introduction to the study of politics, focusing on American national government. Includes some discussion of theoretical questions (such as authority, representation, and consent) and some illustrative examples from the area of comparative and international politics.
Instructor: Anne Hildreth
R Pos 102 (Class # 1136)
Comparative and International Politics (3)
Comparative and international politics embodies the notion of “know the world, know yourself.” This course introduces students to key scholarly discussions about how to compare politics in different countries and how to study global politics. There are no prerequisite requirements, except for an open mind and curiosity for domestic politics around the globe and world politics in general. By the end of the class, students should be familiar with the key concepts and debates in international affairs and recognize the value of learning about different polities around the world. Only one version of R POS 102 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Charmaine Willis
R Pos 206 (Class # 1294)
Politics in Film (3)
This course examines representations of selected aspects of politics in film. The class will use movies as primary texts to analyze campaigns and elections, political parties, war in its multiple expressions, the military, immigration, censorship, the criminal justice system, and the participation of minorities in the political process, among others. Although this will not be the primary focus of the course, the course will also explore the implications of media representations of politics for democracy and democratic participation.
Instructor: Jose Cruz
R Pos 337 (Class # 1295)
Campaigns & Elections in U.S. (3)
This course will examine how people run for office in the United States. We will examine elections for the presidency, Congress, etc. Topics will include the decision to run prenomination and general election campaigns; the role of parties; interest groups; media; campaign finance; advertising and other campaign techniques. The assignments also include historical comparisons to consider what makes some elections more significant than others. We need to ask what elections really decide besides who holds office. Ultimately, the basic issue is whether the structure and content of U.S. elections fosters or distorts democratic representation.
Instructor: Philip Nicholas, Jr.
R Pos 356 (Class # 1172)
Russian Foreign Policy (3)
Survey of Soviet and Russian activities in international relations, 1917 to the present. Attention is focused on the Soviet Unions relations with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, the developing nations, and the United States, and contemporary Russian policy. Previous study of Soviet internal politics is desirable, but not a prerequisite.
Instructor: Inguna Miller
R Pos 365 (Class # 1296)
Government & Mass Media (3)
Study of the relation of the mass media to the American political process, including an examination of the effect of the mass media on legislative actions, the executive, voting behavior, and the bureaucracy.
Instructor: Sean McKeever
R Pos 399 (Class # 1297)
Selected Topics: International Energy Policy
Investigation of selected topics in political science and/or public policy. Specific topics selected and announced by the instructor when offered. May be repeated for credit if content varies. Prerequisite(s): RPOS 101 and 102.
Instructor: Joshua Caldon
School of Socail Welfare
R Ssw 299 (Class # 1298)
This course is a critical analysis of the global phenomenon of multiculturalism. Focus is on its interconnectedness with globalization, national and transnational migration, surrounding debates, and effects on the U.S. and other world nations. Theoretical perspectives and methods underlying social work and allied disciplines provide the overarching framework. It examines the history, variations, contributions, and distinct experiences of ethnic groups comprising current multicultural U.S. society giving special attention to the intersections of gender, social class, race, religion, and ethnic group membership. This course enables students to heighten awareness of their own ethnic heritage, strengthen knowledge and understanding of ethnic groups within and outside of the U.S., become engaged global citizens, and be better prepared to function effectively in today's multicultural global society. As of Fall 2019, fulfills two general education requirements - International Perspectives and Challenges for the 21st Century.
Instructor: Blanca Ramos
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